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This old world German restaurant has an abundance of continental charm. It's a touch of Bavaria on the Lower East Side. At Loreley, no one goes home hungry and be sure to bring your appetite because the fare is hearty and filling. Whether it's the schnitzel sandwiches, liverwurst on German rye, herring in cream sauce with onions or apples and salt potatoes, you will be sure to exceed your daily calorie quotient and be left with barely enough room for a dessert of baked Camembert with loganberry sauce. They also have a DJ Lounge in the basement which frequently features international talent. Sit in their garden for a lovely setting in which to enjoy your food.
Gran Electrica is an authentic Mexican restaurant, inspired by Mexican cooking and techniques. The menu showcases a variety of dishes from across Mexico and the bar infuses Mexican flavors with seasonal ingredients offering juicy cocktails and drinks. The decor is dedicated to the vibrancy of Mexican art and painting with a beautifully designed wallpaper depicting the Day of the Dead in Brooklyn. The food is fresh and delicious. Whatever the occasion, be it birthdays, brunch or no occasion at all, you can celebrate it with style, great food and the vibrant energy of Gran Electrica.
There may be many Italian joints in the city, but few are as highly regarded as Bar Pitti. Its main draw is the delicious Tuscan food served on the summer terrace, by friendly staff. The seafood and other meats pair well with the delectable sorbets and wines available here. You might find celebrities hanging out here but the real stars are the people in the kitchen. Visit this place once and you're likely to become a regular.
Burgers, shakes, sodas and pretty much all the classic fast food staples can be found at this revered burger joint in Madison Square Park. In addition to addictive burgers and shakes, the Shack offers a leafy outdoor setting for its patrons to watch the city go by. The surprise here is that they serve booze with your burger; from beer, to reds and whites available by glass and bottle, grab one and try to find a spot on the grass. What's more, they're dog-friendly and they have a few things on the menu as well for your pooch. During the spring and summer, the line outside can be inexorably long, however there are other locations around Manhattan which are only a cab ride away.
Ever since Habana Outpost opened its doors to the public, it has been one of the most happening spots in Brooklyn. Unlike its original in Manhattan, this branch has two features that set it apart: a solar-powered kitchen and an al fresco dining area. The interesting mosaic of colors makes for a great decor, while the traditional Cuban fare is the best you'll get in Brooklyn. On weekends the restaurant's patio is transformed into a market place with various art and craft items, and activities for the kids. The bio-degradable forks, knives, plates and furniture are something to look out for as are the special cups made of corn.
At Pier 66 Maritime enjoy a delicious meal with splendid views of the Hudson. The restaurant is located on what was previously a boat used to transport railway cars. Relish the dishes doled out by the chefs on this vessel, as the waves gently crash around you. Dig into their delectable burgers, steaks, wraps, salads and accompany it with a refreshing wine from their list. At this pier you can also view the historically significant John J Harvey and the Light Ship Frying Pan, that were used in the American wars.
Look no further than Roberta's Pizzas if you are craving expertly prepared slices of pizzas. Located on the Moore Street, Roberta's is a preferred choice for many in and around Brooklyn to grab their favorite pizzas. Hence, it shouldn't surprise you if you find yourself faced with a long queue in front of the restaurant. Once inside with your own bottle of wine, order the local favorite Margherita and the romaine salad, and you are set for a great time.
The ideal spot to catch the sunset over New Jersey, the Boat Basin Cafe in Riverside Park on the Upper West Side offers options both cheap and expensive, depending on your tastes. Out by the marina overlooking the Hudson is the more formal dining area, which is great for a date. This seasonal spot is highly recommended for a visit at least once during the summer with no pillaging or plundering required.
An Astorian institution and last of its kind in the city, Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden brings the flavor of the old country. A decently priced bar and restaurant serve Czech and Slovak delights inside. But the reason to go is the Beer Garden, which is a must at least once a summer. It gets packed on the weekends. Locals like to play cards and board games on a calm summer's night. Kielbasa and other grilled favorites are available along with pitchers of Czech beers, like Staropramen.
Chez Lucienne brings a little bit of Paris into the heart of central Harlem. Featuring simple yet authentic Left Bank dishes, this traditional French cuisine provides extensive menus, including a lunch menu, dinner menu, Sunday menu, and even a crepe menu, among others. The beautiful open dining room and patio make Chez Lucienne a particular favorite during the nice Spring and Summer months. For a little taste of Paris bistro life in Harlem, check out Chez Lucienne.